As we continue our understanding of the health effects of posture we must consider excessive Thoracic Kyphosis as a predictor for heart disease via compression of the organ. This compression can in-turn change the structure of the organ. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine have written volumes on the relationship between structure and function.
The other relationship to consider is relational anatomy. Relational anatomy or as we call it today, fascial connections, occur throughout the body. It is the semi-liquid hollow spider web that connects us from head to toe, inside and out. It is the dynamic, ever changing tissue that surrounds and invest into our veins, nerves, and encapsulates all of our organs.
The pericardium is comprised of and encased in fascia. This fascia has attachments into the anterior aspect of the lower cervical spine, into the posterior aspect of your sternum (stereo-pericardiac ligaments, the diaphragm, and numerous veins and vessel including the aorta and vena cava.
Do you suppose that by having an excessive curve in your upper back it might affect your ability to take a full breath utilizing your diaphragm? Knowing, for a fact that the pericardium has ligaments attaching to the diaphragm do you think it might be important to be able to take a full breath? Can you see how your relationship with Kyphosis may be affecting your health?
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